Nkeiruka Onyejeocha, the lawmaker representing Isuikwuato/Umunneochi Federal Constituency of Abia State at the National Assembly, has doled out over N12 million to register candidates for the 2020 West African School Certificate Examination (WASCE) in 16 public schools in her constituency.
Onyejeocha presented symbolic bank cheques of various sums, ranging from N333,000 to N1.591 million, to the benefitting schools at a brief ceremony in her Ngodo Isuochi country home in Umunneochi Local Government Area on Friday.
Speaking in an interview with newsmen, the lawmaker said that she was moved to undertake the gesture after she encountered a young lady in her area, who claimed to have been impregnated by a man, while she was soliciting for funds to register for WASCE.
She said that she took pity on the lady and decided to embark on the project, realising that there were many people of her kind, who could not write WASCE because their parents and guardians could not afford the fee.
Addressing principals and students from the benefitting schools, Onyejeocha said that the gesture was designed to help the poor in her constituency.
She warned that it should not be misinterpreted as a political gimmick.